International Keyboard Layouts

English (International) Keyboard Layout

This is an enhanced version of the Windows “United States” standard keyboard. It supplements the original layout with a multitude of additional symbols entered using the right-hand Alt key (also known as “Alt Gr”).

This layout is intended for those people who want to have a standard keyboard and still be able to type words like “naïve,” “café,” or “façade,” and occasionally proper names like Nærøyfjord, Nǃxau ǂToma, or Tȟašúƞke Witkó, or even individual phrases and short texts in foreign languages without switching a layout. It provides support for the vast majority of letters and special symbols used in contemporary languages with Latin-based alphabets, among them:

  • letters for virtually all contemporary European languages, including accented Serbo-Croatian, Skolt Sami, and Turkish (lack of complete support is only observed for a couple of very exotic letters with double diacritics, which may nevertheless be input using combining diacritical marks);
  • a multitude of typographical symbols, including a complete set of English, French, and German quotation marks, “em” and “en” dashes, Spanish inverted punctuation marks, copyright and trade mark signs, common currency signs, and others;
  • Vietnamese letters and letters of the Chinese phonetic system (pīnyīn), with tone diacritics;
  • special letters used in African languages, and also in languages of indigenous people of Americas and Australia, including symbols for African click consonants and letters for the African reference alphabet (within the limitations of the Unicode character set);
  • letters of the International Alphabet of Sanskrit Transliteration (IAST) as well as special symbols used in romanizations of Arabic and Hebrew;
  • a limited subset of International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) for English, German, and French (including symbols used to denote long sounds and stress);
  • contemporary Greek letters (without diacritics).
Layout chart

Charts for miscellaneous existing keyboard layouts

A number of keyboard layout charts, sharing a common style and drawn using the same program (written initially to draw a chart for the Russian international layout).

Layout pictures

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Russian (International) Keyboard Layout

Standard Russian keyboard layout supplemented with additional letters and special symbols entered using the right-hand Alt key.

Supports all the contemporary languages with Cyrillic-based alphabets (within the limitations of the Unicode character set): Belarusian, Ukranian, Serbian, Macedonian, Kazakh, Tajik, Tatar, Chuvash, Bashkir, Udmurt, Abkhazian, Nenets, Chukchi, and others (including support for typographic symbols and the multitude of diacritical marks). Also provides full support for the old (pre-Soviet) Russian orthography as well as limited support for the ancient “Church Slavonic” language.

Layout chart